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Dallas City Council
September 17, 2013
DALLAS -- The Dallas City Council will consider issuing official support for Polk County's Public Safety levy that will appear on November's general election ballot.
Mayor Brian Dalton said that the Polk County Board of Commissioners has requested the council contemplate approving a letter of support for the levy.
Dalton presented the request at Monday's council meeting, asking if the council wanted to take action that night or at a later date.
Dallas Police Chief John Teague and City Manager Ron Foggin said there are more benefits to the levy than just putting more deputies on the road.
"I would suggest there is no reason to oppose it," Teague said. "Even if you don't want more cops on the road, you still get to fill two positions at the DA's (District Attorney's) office that are sorely needed."
Foggin added that jail services would be enhanced with the levy as well.
"The only reason that you would be opposed to it is if you're opposed to your property taxes going up 60 cents per $1,000 (of assessed value)," Foggin said. "What people have felt are negatives about this levy are that the cities have their own police department and would not benefit from this levy. That is simply not the case."
Council members decided to wait to vote on a letter of support until after hearing a presentation on the levy from county officials. That presentation is scheduled for the council's Oct. 7 meeting.